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Film Review - Ilford Delta 100 on Lockdown

Film Review - Ilford Delta 100 on Lockdown

Ilford is probably the leading name when it comes to B&W film photography and this film, along with their FP4 ISO 125 film, is their most premium product. Known for the super fine grain it produces and high contrast, it definitely should be on the list of “films you must try”. It’s less forgiving than films rated at higher ISOs, the results when you get it right are worth it. You can easily buy it here. We shot our roll using a Pentax MX and a 35mm Pentax lens. We added a orange filter on a few shots, to see...

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Film Review - Fuji Velvia 100

Film Review - Fuji Velvia 100

First thing’s first. This film is a “slide film”. In short, that means you can project them if you want to, because you get a colour positive result, rather than a standard “negative” that you get with ‘normal’ films.A lot of people will tell you slide film is difficult to use. We are far from expert photographers, but we’ve always had good results out of it. So we say don’t let people put you off, and give slide film a try. Just make sure you use it when there’s plenty of strong light around and you’ll be fine.It is not...

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What really are the best beginners cameras? - Part 3

What really are the best beginners cameras? - Part 3

Part Three of Three So in part three of our article on what really are the best film cameras for beginners, we take a look at our nominations for the crown of “best beginners film camera”.Remember, we’re applying the criteria from Part Two of the article so worth reading that if you haven’t already.Olympus OM20The Asahi Pentax, the first successful film SLR, was such a success back in the late 50s, that nobody bothered to question whether SLR cameras could be designed in an even better way. That is, until Olympus took a fresh look at things with their iconic...

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What really are the “Best Film Cameras for Beginners” - Part 2

What really are the “Best Film Cameras for Beginners” - Part 2

Part two of three WARNING – people easily offended by other people disagreeing with their entirely subjective views might want to look away now. This post might upset a few people, but that certainly wasn’t our intention when we started writing it.READ PART ONE of the series before you read this second part…. We have read many articles entitled “The best ever film cameras for beginners” or “film cameras beginners must try” and so on.We think these articles often fail to do some basic things: Explain what criteria the writer thinks makes a good beginners camera; and Tell us why...

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What really are the “Best Film Cameras for Beginners” - Part 1

What really are the “Best Film Cameras for Beginners” - Part 1

Part one of three WARNING – people easily offended by other people disagreeing with their entirely subjective views might want to look away now. This post might upset a few people, but that certainly wasn’t our intention when we started writing it. So, here goes……  We have read many articles entitled “The best ever film cameras for beginners” or “film cameras beginners must try” and so on. And we’re afraid to say we think a lot of them are absolute toilet. Not because they contain cameras that aren’t our favourites, or because we would have a different list, but because...

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